The SpeechWare FlexyMike Dual Ear Cardioid microphone is winner of our "Best in Class" award in the "Headset" category. It is, in our opinion, the best headset microphone for use with speech recognition software and our recommended headset for speech recognition software users.
This product combines our best and most highly
recommended headset microphone with a high-quality and cost-effective USB sound
Consider both components:
FlexyMike Dual Ear Cardioid (Second Generation):
The Second Generation FlexyMike Dual Ear Cardioid – FMKDEC - is a
lightweight (about 25g.) stainless steel headset microphone designed
specifically for speech recognition. Manufactured in the style of a traditional
headband, the frame is covered with injected rubber protectors that covers both
ears for maximum working comfort. An extremely flexible gooseneck and cardioid
microphone enables the consistent positioning of the microphone capsule and
superior recognition accuracy with Dragon NaturallySpeaking® and other speech
recognition and audio applications. New
to the second-generation device is an adjustable headband to assure the best
fit and comfort.
At the core of this microphone is a microphone element of the
highest quality, with a unidirectional “cardioid” polar pattern which provides
excellent isolation from ambient noise and effective noise control from
adjacent sound. Breath and pop noise is reduced to minimum with its optimum
sound pick up at the front of mouth position. Its distinguishing clarity in
close talk operation and excellent gain before feedback make it suitable for
all mobile situations.
The FlexyMike Dual Ear Cardioid has a polished 1m/40” long cable
sheathed with durable transparent plastic, along with a standard 3.5 mm
gold-plate jack. It has a very high performance and noise rejection microphone
capsule which is acoustically matched for maximum performance with the SpeechWare
USB MultiAdapter and Speech recognition or VoIP applications. It also works
well with the Andrea Pure Audio MA USB adapter included in this combination
Unlike many headsets, this product does not include a speaker and
wraps over the user’s ears and around the back of the head, rather than over
the top of the head. The result is an
extremely stable fit, and the full exposure of the user’s ears, allowing for
situational awareness and concurrent use of a telephone.
FlexyMike DEC Specifications & Features:
Andrea Pure Audio MA USB Adapter
This is the monaural version
of the Andrea Pure Audio USB Adapter. Andrea's PureAudio USB-MA with patented
microphone noise reduction technology eliminates noise problems as it utilizes
high quality digital circuitry and has state of the art noise reduction
algorithm software. This format bypasses your desktop or laptop computer's
sound system, providing increased intelligibility and performance of stereo
microphone input for your digital audio applications including VoIP and speech
Premium external USB microphone adapter with stereo microphone
Bypasses a computer's internal microphone input, creating
superior low-noise audio
Small form factor - compact and portable
Compatible with all current Andrea Communications microphones as
well as any legacy microphones
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1,
Apple: Mac OS X 10.5 and up
with the combination:
Comments: we were astounded at the
performance of the first generation FlexyMike Dual Ear Cardioid microphone.
When combined with the SpeechWare MultiAdapter, our highest quality external
USB adapter, we witnessed the best accuracy we had ever seen with a
headset, rivaling and perhaps surpassing the Sennheiser ME3, our "gold
standard". This second-generation model adds an adjustable headset
band to improve its fit and comfort.
In addition to its outstanding accuracy and
external noise rejection, this product is so lightweight that you will forget
that you are wearing it. Regarding an external USB adapter, you can
expect the best possible results when combined with the SpeechWare USB MultiAdapter, but extraordinarily good results with the Andrea Pure Audio USB adapter included with this combination.
One final note:
the basic microphone includes a cord which is about 3 ft in length. This is perfect for laptop users. If you plan to use this with a desktop
microphone, you may want to purchase a 6 ft. audio extension cable (see related
9/25/2015 – Does this come with the standard iPad Android connector?
Response From Speech Recognition Solutions: Although SpeechWare claimed they would include the adapter, in fact they never did and this product does not come with the iPad/Android adapter. This isn't our decision, but rather just a matter of what SpeechWare actually included in the box.
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